Minutemen's anti-rockist eclecticism was perhaps best exemplified on 1984's double album Double Nickels on the Dime. Though still somewhat obscure to mainstream audiences, Double Nickels has been cited as one of the more innovative and enduring albums of the 1980s American rock underground. On Double Nickels, they co-wrote some songs with other musicians, notably Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, and Joe Baiza. In 1985 they released their most commercial-sounding recording, Project: Mersh.
Album Name Project Mersh. Labels SST. Music StylePunk-Rock. Members owning this album1.
We'll have them write hit songs!" some nameless record company executive says in the cover painting to the Minutemen's 1985 EP Project Mersh, and that joke covers about half of the record's formula. While the Minutemen had been writing more melodic and approachable songs with each release, the massive barrage of 90-to-180-second songs on the epic Double Nickels on the Dime was at once an embarrassment of riches and a bit much for a casual listener to chew on. So for this tongue-in-cheek experiment in making a "commercial" (or "mersh") recording, D. Boon.
LP (12" album, 33 rpm). Minutemen Format: Vinyl. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Project: Mersh is a 6-song EP that was the immediate followup to the album considered to be the band's masterpiece, Double Nickels on the Dime. The joke here is that this album is supposedly their nod towards a more commercial (or "mersh") sound. The cover features a painting by D. Boon of three somewhat record company executives having an "Aha!" moment as to which direction they should push Minutemen into for their next record. I got it!," one of them exclaims. We'll have them write hit songs. Having listened to Double.
Consumer Guide Album. Minutemen: Project: Mersh Where at first this seemed to prove that irrepressibly avant-garde bands are catchier when they don't set out to "write hit songs," now it's obvious that the commershal concept is total rather than part joke-only the trumpet parts (horns symbolize sellout to punks, maybe because they're so hard to play). mark a significant departure. Songs are catchy enough, too, with the catchiest lasting eight minutes including six-minute outro.
Minutemen: Project Mersh". Consumer Guide Album. Retrieved March 11, 2019. Post-Mersh, Vol. 2 is a compilation album by influential punk rock/alternative trio The Minutemen. It contains two EPs: Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat (1983) and Project Mersh (1985). SST Records discography. The discography of SST Records, an American punk rock independent record label formed in Long Beach, California, and based for years in nearby Lawndale, ranges from releases in 1979 to the present.
Project: Mersh Tracklist. 1. The Cheerleaders Lyrics.
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Trumpet – Crane
|A2||King Of The Hill
Trumpet – Crane
|A3||Hey Lawdy Mama
Backing Vocals – Crane Written-By – J. Edmonton*, J. Kay*, L. Byrom*
|B1||Take Our Test
Backing Vocals – Crane Vocals [Speech] – M. Watt*
Backing Vocals – Crane , E. James*Vocals [Singing], Twelve-String Guitar – M. Watt*Wood Block – G. Hurley*
Synthesizer, Backing Vocals – E. James*Trumpet, Backing Vocals – Crane Twelve-String Guitar – M. Watt*Wood Block – G. Hurley*
- Recorded At – Total Access Recording Studios
- Published By – New Alliance Music
- Published By – Trousdale Music Publishers, Inc.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – SST Records
- Bass – Mike Watt
- Drums – George Hurley
- Engineer – Mike Lardie*
- Guitar, Vocals [Singing], Artwork [Cover Painting] – D. Boon
- Lacquer Cut By – Porky
- Photography – Ron Gregorio
- Photography By – Katsuhiko Seki*, Murray Bowles, Naomi Petersen
- Producer – Joe Carducci, Minutemen
- Technician [Technical Advisor] – Ethan James
- Written-By – D. Boon (tracks: A1, A2), M. Watt* (tracks: B1 to B3)
NotesRecorded February, 1985 at Total Access in Redondo Beach, California
A3 originally performed by Steppenwolf
Vinyl says "MADE IN FRANCE" and jacket back says "Printed in France," but this is an SST London UK press, according to contact/address info on the back.
MISPRINT/ERROR: center labels state that this is a 45 RPM, but the record really plays at 33⅓ RPM.
(the U.S. edition is actually a 45 RPM 12")
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side A - Stamped): 85 6 SST 0 34 A
- Matrix / Runout (Side A - Etched): A PORKY PRIME CUT .
- Matrix / Runout (Side B - Stamped): 85 6 SST 0 34 B
- Matrix / Runout (Side B - Etched): PRIM .
|SST 034||Minutemen||Project: Mersh (12", EP)||SST Records||SST 034||US||1985|
|SST 034||Minutemen||Project: Mersh (12", EP)||SST Records||SST 034||UK||1985|
|SST CD 034||Minutemen||Project: Mersh (CD, EP, RE)||SST Records||SST CD 034||US||1993|
|SST 034||Minutemen||Project: Mersh (12", EP, TP)||SST Records||SST 034||UK||1985|
|SST 034||Minutemen||Project: Mersh (12", EP)||SST Records||SST 034||US||Unknown|